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An auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles decried the social media response to the Covington Catholic High School students Tuesday as “quite literally, Satanic.”
Barron clarified he didn’t intend to attack or defend the boys, but to decry “the morally outrageous and deeply troubling nature of the response to this occurrence, one that I would characterize as, quite literally, Satanic.”
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The bishop noted the response went beyond cruel words into actions that could severely harm boys’ lives and their families.
“As I continued to survey the reactions, I began to come across dozens urging retribution against the boy, and then dozens more that provided the addresses and email contacts of his parents, his school, and his diocese,” Barron wrote.
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“I remember thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, do they realize what they’re doing? They’re effectively destroying, even threatening, this kid’s life,'” he added, referring to Nick Sandmann, identified as the boy who wore the Make America Great Again hat and who smiled at Phillips.
Barron argued the way social media users lashed out at the Covington boys was a prime example of what Franco-American philosopher René Girard called the scapegoating mechanism, in that the online community used the boys as a scapegoat for the rising tensions in the political...
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